Latest News About Black Holes

A black hole is a location in space that possesses so much gravity, nothing can escape its pull, even light. Learn more about what black holes are and the latest news.
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Our Galaxy's Heart Glows in Psychedelic X-Ray Light
XMM-Newton Image of the Milky Way Galaxy's Center
August 31st, 2015
Europe's XMM-Newton telescope took an X-ray scan of the Milky Way's core, capturing some dazzling high-energy delights.
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Has Stephen Hawking Just Solved a Huge Black-Hole Mystery?
The Area Around a Black Hole
August 25th, 2015
Hawking and two colleagues propose that information isn't destroyed at the heart of a black hole; it's stored at the black hole's boundary in holographic form.
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Rare View of Black Hole Caught in 'Bull's-Eye' Eruption (Video)
X-ray light from black hole
July 18th, 2015
Rings of X-ray light flare and fade around an active black hole in a stunning new set of observations by NASA's Swift space telescope. The bull's-eye structure results from the reflection of X-ray light by dust, which creates a series of "echoes."
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Best Space Stories of the Week – Aug. 30, 2015
The Area Around a Black Hole
August 30th, 2015
Mars One seeks billionaires, Ceres and Dione get close-ups, a Martian hoax is debunked and Stephen Hawking solves a black hole conundrum in Space.com's top stories for this week.
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Tiniest Monster Black Hole Discovered
RGG 118 Supermassive Black Hole
August 14th, 2015
Located at the heart of a dwarf galaxy known as RGG 118, the black hole contains about 50,000 times more mass than the sun. It's therefore less than half as heavy as the second-smallest known supermassive black hole, researchers said.
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'We Explore Because We Are Human': Stephen Hawking on Pluto Flyby
Stephen Hawking
July 14th, 2015
From one icon of science to another: in a video message posted this morning (July 14), physicist Stephen Hawking congratulated the New Horizons team on the spacecraft's flyby of Pluto.
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Massive 'Magnet' May Have Powered Monster Cosmic Explosion
Magnetar
July 8th, 2015
One of the most powerful cosmic explosions ever observed may have been powered by an object with a magnetic field 5,000 trillion times stronger than Earth's
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Lonely Supernova Likely Exiled by Merging Black Holes
Host Galaxies of Calcium-Rich Supernovas
August 27th, 2015
As galaxies merge, so do the supermassive black holes at their centers. The dance ejects stellar pairs that later explode as supernovae in isolated regions between galaxies.
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Monster Black Hole Spews Plasma in Incredible Time-Lapse Video
A Jet of Plasma
July 9th, 2015
In a collision of cosmic proportions, a new video show two chunks of material smashed together inside a jet emanating from a monster black hole. The event was captured in a time lapse video taken by the Hubble Space Telescope over 20 years.
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